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Support jumps for stricter gun control laws

A new poll that found a majority of gun owners and half of Republicans favor new laws to address gun violence.

United gives $10,000 travel voucher to ‘bumped’ passenger

A passenger who was bumped off a full flight has scored the maximum prize — a $10,000 travel voucher.

Watch live: President Trump addresses budget bill

President Donald Trump said he may veto a multi-trillion dollar spending package, but the White House website lists the event as a “bill signing.”

Victim in Maryland school shooting dies

Jaelynn Willey was shot in the head Tuesday at Great Mills High School by 17-year-old Austin Rollins. Police say the two had been in a relationship that recently ended.

Giant animatronic T-rex goes up in dramatic flames in Colorado

The 24-foot-tall reptile replica at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience was set ablaze by an electrical malfunction in the early afternoon.

NYC firefighter dies battling blaze on Harlem movie set

The firefighter died after a massive fire broke out at a building where a movie directed by Edward Norton was being shot.

Trump names former ambassador John Bolton as his new national security adviser

John Bolton will replace Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer who was tapped as Trump’s second national security adviser last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation.

School shooting victim ‘brain dead,’ life support ending

A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school is brain dead and is being removed from life support, her mother said Thursday

Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public told

More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey flooded America’s largest corridor of energy and petrochemical plants, records show the storm’s environmental assault was more widespread and severe than authorities publicly acknowledged.

Here’s what Congress is stuffing into its $1.3 trillion spending bill

Here’s what Congress is stuffing into its $1.3 trillion spending bill

California rain brings flooding streets, swelling rivers

A powerful storm spread more rain across California on Thursday, swelling rivers, flooding streets and causing some mud and rock slides but, so far, sparing communities a repeat of the disastrous debris flows that hit during a downpour early this year.

Cosby Wants Judge Replaced Because of His Wife’s Advocacy

Bill Cosby, approaching a retrial on charges he drugged and molested a young woman in 2004, is seeking to have the presiding judge replaced because the judge’s wife has been an active supporter of sexual assault victims.

Protest planned after fatal police shooting of unarmed man

Community members and activists gathered at Sacramento City Hall on Thursday to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by police.

White House, Dem deal on immigration proved unattainable

An effort to protect young Dreamer immigrants from deportation never really had much chance of squeezing into the last bill Congress must pass this election year. That’s why bargainers from both parties were surprised when the White House tried anyway.

Austin bombings revive trauma of Alabama explosion death

Judge Robert S. Vance was at his kitchen table on Dec. 16, 1989, when he opened a package that had been mailed to his home. The bomb hidden inside exploded with brutal force, killing Vance instantly and severely injuring his wife.

Dowd resigns as Trump’s lead lawyer in special counsel inquiry

President Trump’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation, John Dowd, resigned Thursday as his strategy for cooperating with the inquiry grew increasingly at odds with Trump’s desire for a more aggressive posture.

Florida high school requiring clear backpacks after shooting

When Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students return from spring break, they’ll be issued clear backpacks and wear identification badges at all times.

Sacramento officers fired 20 shots at unarmed black man in his backyard

Two officers yelled for a suspect to show his hands then shouted “gun, gun, gun” moments before fatally shooting the man who turned out to be unarmed.

Austin bomber’s motive still unknown, despite recovered video, police say

A 25-minute cellphone video details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. But his motive remains a mystery.

2 US tourists die in helicopter crash on Great Barrier Reef

A helicopter carrying American tourists crashed at a coral-viewing site on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, killing two passengers from Hawaii and injuring two others from Colorado, police said.

How a witness for Mueller and a Republican donor influenced the White House for Gulf rulers

A cooperating witness in the investigation reportedly worked for more than a year to turn a top Trump fund-raiser into an instrument of influence at the White House.

Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to make it harder for the federal government to use a section of tax law to convict someone of obstruction.

Sacramento police shot 20 times at unarmed man in his yard

Relatives, activists and Sacramento officials are questioning why police shot at an unarmed black man 20 times, killing him, when he turned out to be holding only a cellphone in his grandparents’ backyard.

2nd high bond set in Stoneman Douglas-related case

A relatively high bond was imposed Wednesday in a case involving a student who brought a knife to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one day after the same judge set a $500,000 bond for the brother of the shooting suspect for trespassing at the school.

Conservative Utah lets women get birth control from pharmacy

Women in conservative Utah will soon be able to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription, a move taken by only a few other states, many of them liberal.

Racial slurs, assault alleged at New Mexico girl soccer game

A New Mexico youth soccer league is investigating allegations that parents yelled racial slurs at Hispanic girl soccer players and that a parent physically assaulted one of the girls during a game.

YouTube bans firearm sales and how-to videos, prompting backlash

YouTube bans firearm sales and how-to videos, prompting backlash

White House job requirement: signing a nondisclosure agreement

The White House counsel drew up a broad document barring White House officials from publicly disclosing what they heard and saw at work.

Police: Maryland school shooter used father’s handgun to shoot his ex-girlfriend

A teenager used his father’s legally-owned handgun in an attack inside his high school in Maryland, police said Wednesday.

Police: Recording found on Austin bombing suspect’s phone considered ‘confession’

Mark Anthony Conditt’s motive remained a mystery. Conditt was an unemployed college dropout.

Austin bombing suspect left few traces on social media

In 2012 posts on what appears to be his personal blog, Mark Anthony Conditt expressed opinions on a range of topics, including gay marriage.

The bombing suspect is dead, but why did he target Austin?

The bombings sent a deep chill through a hipster city known for warm weather, live music, barbecue and, above all, not taking itself too seriously.

Deceased suspect in Austin bombing attacks identified

Authorities say Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspect in a spate of Texas bombing attacks, blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in.

Amid bombings, Austin asks why — and who’s next

For 18 days, Austin has lived the kind of anxious life that more commonly defines the daily routine in distant, troubled countries.

Evacuations ordered as powerful storm nears California

Thousands of people are under evacuation orders as a powerful Pacific storm approaches California.

Minneapolis officer charged in shooting of Australian woman

A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman in July minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home was charged Tuesday with murder and manslaughter.

Groups sue over decision to lift US ban on elephant trophies

A coalition of environmental and animal-welfare groups sued on Tuesday to challenge the Trump administration’s moves toward allowing the importation of the heads, hides and tusks of African elephants as hunting trophies.

Black man convicted by all-white jury seeks new trial

Prosecutors in west Georgia focused on the race of black potential jurors as they purposely and systematically excluded them from the trials of black men facing the death penalty four decades ago, lawyers for one of the men said in a court filing this week.

‘Take the baby’: Thief hands clerk infant left in stolen car

A man suspected of stealing a vehicle that was left running with a sleeping baby inside made a quick stop at a nearby gas station, where he left the infant in its car seat with a clerk, saying “Take the baby! Take the baby!”

Gunman dead, 2 hurt in Md. school shooting; deputy credited with quick action

A male student had opened fire with a handgun in the hallway of the high school, injuring two students before he was confronted by a deputy stationed at the school.


Former Playboy model sues to break silence on Trump

A former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald Trump sued Tuesday to be released from a 2016 legal agreement requiring her silence, becoming the second woman this month to challenge Trump allies’ efforts during the presidential campaign to bury stories about extramarital relationships.

Devos describes safety panel

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced blistering questioning from House Democrats.

US agent on trial in cross-border killing of Mexican teen

The agent is accused of shooting across the international boundary into Mexico in 2012 and killing a teenager.

Judge temporarily blocks most restrictive abortion law in US

The Mississippi law was in effect less than 24 hours before a federal judge temporarily blocked it during what could become a long legal fight between the state’s Republican governor and its only abortion clinic.

Study finds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in mice

If Tuesday’s findings pan out, ‘‘this could be a whole new kind of target in treating obesity,’’ said a Cornell University food scientist.

What you need to know about those package bombs in Austin

Two people were killed and four others injured in separate bombings in Austin, Texas, between March 2 and Sunday night.

An interactive map of the bombings in Texas

An explosion near San Antonio on Tuesday morning was the fifth in the state this month.

Texas bomber’s change in tactics could hint at future plans

The seemingly zigzag work of an apparent serial bomber may be a sign that whoever is behind the attacks is determined to launch more of them.

Sheriff: Teenager dead, 2 wounded in Maryland high school

A school resource officer engaged the shooter, who was killed after he took his own life or was killed by the officer’s bullet.

Another Texas bombing blasts FedEx facility

The package exploded early Tuesday inside of a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio, leaving one person with minor injuries.